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Change Your Clocks - Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries
Posted Date: 3/8/2013
The Williamsburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone that it will be time to Change Your Clocks - Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries on March 10th ~ when Daylight Saving Time arrives.

Change Your Clocks
The changing of your clocks for Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 a.m. Remember to “spring ahead” by advancing your clock by one hour.

Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries
Your friends at the Williamsburg Fire Department urge you to change the battery in your smoke detectors, vacuum the device, and test for operation effectiveness. Any inoperative smoke detector should be replaced immediately. The United States Fire Administration recommends following these simple steps:

Test alarms once a month using the test button

Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas

For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms

Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms

Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarms and knows how to respond

An operational smoke detector in the home will provide early warning notification of a fire and permits the occupants to evacuate the residence in the early stages of fire development. Properly operating smoke detectors save lives!

Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are recommended in all homes, especially in one and two family homes that use fossil fuels for heating, cooking and water heaters. These devices protect the occupants from the silent killer, carbon monoxide; an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas.

For more information on this and other important fire safety measures visit the Williamsburg Fire Department website or the visit the National Fire Protection Association's website at

If you need assistance installing or changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors please call the Williamsburg Fire Department at 220-6220.